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05/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Please, Mr. Postman

“I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.”

- Amy Lowell, “The Letter”
(09 Feb 1874 - 12 May 1925)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Everyone likes to get letters, right?

BONUS #1 - - Please, Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes, 1961

BONUS #2 - - Please, Mr. Postman - The Carpenters, 1975


"Please Mr. Postman" is the debut single by The Marvelettes for the Tamla (Motown) label, notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. The single achieved this position in late 1961; it hit number one on the R&B chart as well.[1] "Please Mr. Postman" became a number-one hit again in early 1975 when The Carpenters' cover of the song reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100.

In April 1961, the Marvelettes (then known as "The Marvels") arranged an audition for Berry Gordy's Tamla/Motown label. Marvels member Georgia Dobbins needed an original song for their audition, and got a blues song from her friend William Garrett, which she then reworked for the group. Dobbins left the group after the audition and was replaced, Gordy renamed the group and hired "Brianbert"—Brian Holland and Robert Bateman's songwriting partnership—to rework the song yet again. Freddie Gorman, another songwriting partner of Holland (before Holland became part of the Holland–Dozier–Holland team) was also involved in the final reworking.

The Marvelettes recording features lead singer Gladys Horton hoping that the postman has brought her a letter from her boyfriend, who is away at war. Accompaniment is provided by The Funk Brothers, including Marvin Gaye on drums.

Songwriting credits for "Please Mr. Postman" seem to have changed over the years. The original Tamla 45 single for the Marvelettes' version credits "Dobbins/Garett/Brianbert" as the songwriters, and credits "Brianbert" as producer. The original With the Beatles album cover credited it to just Brian Holland. The 1976 Beatles discography book All Together Now credits it to Holland, Bateman, and Berry Gordy. The 1992 Motown boxed set Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection credits Dobbins, Garrett, Holland, Bateman, and Gorman as the composers. As of 2006, the Songwriters Hall of Fame credits "Please Mr. Postman" to just Holland, Bateman, and Gorman. [1]. EMI Music Publishing, the current music publisher of the song list all five writers in their catalog....


From - 05/02/11:


By Philip Rucker, Scott Wilson and William Branigin, Updated: Monday, May 2, 10:11 AM

Osama bin Laden killed in U.S. raid, buried at sea

Osama bin Laden was buried at sea Monday after U.S. forces raided his well-appointed hideout in Pakistan, shot him in a firefight and spirited his body out of the country aboard a helicopter, U.S. officials said.

The death of the long-hunted al-Qaeda leader, who had eluded intensive U.S. efforts to capture or kill him after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks he ordered, triggered warnings Monday that his radical Islamist network or sympathizers could try to retaliate against Americans or U.S. interests.

It also served, U.S. officials said, to send a message to the extremist Taliban movement fighting to make a comeback in Afghanistan, where it had harbored bin Laden and al-Qaeda before being driven from power by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in November 2001. The message: give up hope of defeating U.S. and NATO forces, renounce al-Qaeda and join the political process.

Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces early Monday in Pakistan (Sunday afternoon in Washington) in what officials described as a surgical raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a garrison town 72 miles by road north of the capital, Islamabad.

In a rare Sunday night address from the East Room of the White House, President Obama said a small team of U.S. personnel attacked the compound, where bin Laden had been hiding since at least last summer. During a firefight, the U.S. team killed bin Laden, 54, and took custody of his body in what Obama called “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaeda.”

The discovery that bin Laden had been hiding in a well-populated part of Pakistan, rather than a remote location, raised new questions about the extent to which Pakistan is cooperating with the United States in combating terrorism.

U.S. forces flew to bin Laden’s hideout in helicopters about 1 a.m. Monday (4 p.m. Sunday in Washington) — reportedly from neighboring Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed “in a firefight” after he and his guards resisted the U.S. attackers, a senior Obama administration official said. U.S. personnel identified him by facial recognition. Bin Laden was shot in the head, the Associated Press reported.

A U.S. official said bin Laden’s body was quickly transported away from Pakistan and “buried at sea,” in part because the U.S. government did not want an accessible gravesite that could become a shrine to bin Laden’s followers. The official declined to identify which body of water the corpse was taken to, or provide further details on how it was transported or handled.

The official said the body was buried “in accordance with Islamic tradition,” meaning within 24 hours of bin Laden’s death. No information was available as to whether Muslim prayers were recited or the body was ritually washed, as is usually required by Islamic law. In general, burial at sea means tipping the body overboard — wrapped, likely, in a shroud — after a brief service.

Obama said neither Americans nor civilians were harmed in the raid on bin Laden’s compound. Three other adult males were killed — two were bin Laden’s couriers and a third was his adult son — according to a senior administration official. One woman was killed when she was “used as a shield by a male combatant” and two others were injured, the official said. There were also children at the compound.


   Happy Birthday today to   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL, who is turning 15!   

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
   Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC;

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA;

09 -   Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Saturday, May 2, 1863

As it had been planned yesterday, Stonewall Jackson took his army around to the Federal right. He was observed, but the Federals misunderstood and thought he was retreating. Late in the afternoon Southern forces hit the ill-trained, ill-led and utterly unprepared 11th Corps of O. O. Howard. Some units fought valiantly; some ran at the first shot. The line collapsed. As Jackson rode back to his lines in the dusk he was hit by a number of shots from his own men. The arm wound, although serious, was not thought to be life-threatening by the standards of the day.

Monday, May 2, 1864

Under the Confederate Constitution, the Congress was to meet for a new session every second year. Thus it was that today the Second Congress opened for the conduct of business. The first item was a report from the President. Jefferson Davis reported that it was beginning to seem unlikely that the nation would receive official recognition by any European government, but that military efforts were going well and should lead soon to victory. Little has changed in political speeches from that day to this.

From Jay Gunter (Ferguson HS - '66) of VA - 05/01/11 - "Screen heroes":

Carol - I thought that you would like this.

Jay Gunter

Good stuff from the old days :o) Enjoy!

   Indeed I do, Jay! Thanks so much!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/01/11 - "Things I Have Learned in the South":

Things I Have Learned in the South

  • A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.
  • There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.
  • There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no ones seen before.
  • If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.
  • Onced and Twiced are words.
  • It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!
  • Jaw-P? means Did y'all go to the bathroom?
  • People actually grow and eat okra.
  • Fixinto is one word. It means I'm fixing to do that.
  • There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there is supper.
  • Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar.
  • Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.
  • The word jeet is actually a phrase meaning Did you eat?
  • You dont have to wear a watch, because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
  • You dont PUSH buttons, you MASH em.
  • No, Jew? is a common response to the question, Did you bring any beer?
  • You measure distance in minutes.
  • You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
  • All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.
  • You carry jumper cables in your car - for your OWN car.
  • You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Tonys, Tabasco and ketchup.
  • The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports and motor sports, and gossip.
  • You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
  • You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit a bit warm.
  • You know what a hizzy fit is.
  • Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as goin' Wal-Martin' or off to Wally World.
  • You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather.
  • Fried catfish is the other white meat.
  • We don't need no dang Driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive dag-nabbit.
  • You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern friends and those who just wish they were from the SOUTH.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Bill!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/01/11 - "Something Worth Sharing and A Mixed Text":

We Learn...

10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

"True learning is not about facts, but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living."
- jlh



You are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be eaten by a shark. You are more likely to be infected by flesh-eating bacteria than you are to be struck by lightning.


Wow--took the jury all of 5 minutes. What was wrong with the shop owner?

--------- Man cleared of 99-cent hot dog theft ---------

CHENEY, Wash. - A Washington state man who said he forgot to pay for a 99-cent hot dog was cleared of theft by a jury. John Richardson, 30, said he spent $28 at Mitchell's IGA in Cheney in December but forgot to pay for the 99-cent hot dog he ate while shopping, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., reported Wednesday. Richardson and other witnesses said he offered to pay for the sausage when the manager confronted him outside of the store, but the payment was refused and police were called. A jury took less than five minutes to clear Richardson of the theft charge. "From all the testimony, you'd have to be an idiot to not realize that the guy simply forgot," juror Patrick Reeves said. "It took the jury about five minutes to come to a verdict."



While making rounds, a doctor points out an X-ray to a group of medical students.

"As you can see," she says, "the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched. Michael, what would you do in a case like this?"

"Well," ponders the student, "I suppose I'd limp too."


"Doc, I can't stop singing, 'What's New, Pussycat?'

"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."

"Is it common?"

"Well, 'It's Not Unusual.'"


Q: What do you call a nutty dog in Australia?

A: A dingo-ling!


Takeable Stuff

Materialism is the idea that the more things you have, the more you are esteemed by others, and therefore, you believe it enhances your own self-esteem.

You strive to buy all the things you can. You see someone else has purchased a new thing that you don't have, so you strive to buy one for yourself, even if the cost is greater than money.

You work longer hours to make more money to buy more things to add to your stuff collection. You buy things that you think will give you more pleasure, entertainment, convenience or status. This means you spend less time with your loved ones and less time taking care of yourself.

Then you die.

What happens to all your stuff? You can't take it with you, so the ones you left behind get to decide what to do with your stuff. They may fight over it causing family rifts.

Some of them might not want your stuff at all and sell it to buy the stuff they want. What they don't want may be given to charity, or worse, just thrown away in the trash.

So much for your prized possessions.

The ancient Egyptians tried to take their stuff with them. The Pharaohs were buried in the Pyramids with all their stuff, including wives and slaves, with the idea that they would need their stuff in the next life. Thousands of years later, archeologists would dig up their burial tombs and display all their stuff in museums so people could see what kind of stuff ancient Egyptians collected.

So much for their prized possessions.

There is one thing you can take with you: Love. The human heart has an unlimited capacity for loving an unlimited amount of people. And you can collect more people than you could ever hope to collect stuff.

The more people you love in this life, the more treasures you collect not only in this life but beyond. The more people you collect into your life, the happier and more secure you will
feel, and this will go a long way in enhancing your self-esteem.

Have you ever noticed that someone who is loved by many is held in high esteem?

So start collecting today.

Grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren, friends, coworkers, strangers in need. The list is unlimited and so is the love in your heart.

And you can take that with you.

~A MountainWings Original by Loretta Fuqua, Pearland, TX~


Drink Plenty of Water

I've heard it. I've read it. As long as I have been running, it's always been the same message: "drink plenty of water."

All along most racecourses are water stations, and most runners slow down to drink a cup of cool water. Keeping your water level up is critical when you run.

If you get slightly dehydrated, you will not run well.
If you get moderately dehydrated, you will become disoriented.
If you get seriously dehydrated, you can die.
It's serious business.

The first year I ran I was inexperienced (also younger, slimmer, stupider, etc.) I passed water stop after water stop, occasionally drinking a swallow or two. I felt good, and I wasn't going to waste precious seconds drinking water, even though it was a hot, humid day.

Big mistake.

As I neared the final mile, I "hit the wall." My energy level dropped to zero, I began having to walk some, and I realized I would have to work hard just to finish. I did make it across the line, but only with a tremendous headache and hardly enough energy to walk. It was not much fun.

I learned an important lesson that year. Stopping for water doesn't actually slow you down. In fact, you will run a better race if you do drink water. The bottom line is that your body is simply not designed to function without water.

In the same way, your spiritual stamina depends on stopping for regular drinks of "spiritual water." The dilemma for busy people is finding time to invest in reading the Word and spending time in prayer. Like the runner intent on reaching the finish line, we tend to put off those regular drinks of water until we are totally parched.

But in the long run, you will run a better race if you will stop for spiritual water. In fact, finishing the spiritual race at all may depend on it. Runners who don't ever slow down to take a drink often stumble off the course far short of the finish line.

In this year's race, I saw a man become dehydrated just a mile from the finish. Strangely, he didn't seem to recognize that anything was wrong. He was swaying from side to side as he walked, mumbling over and over, "I'm fine. I'm fine." He was so disoriented that he didn't even recognize his own sick condition.

If you let yourself become spiritually dehydrated, you may not even be able to recognize it. Stop today to drink some cool "Living Water." For serious runners, it's a must.

The Author is Unknown but the "Living Water" is known.

   Thanks so much, Shari!


From - 05/01/11:


A skeleton once wanted to go to a party but then he realized he had NO-BODY to go with.


1. Thursday, May 5, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

3. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 04/18/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty



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Please Mr. Postman

Written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman

Recorded by The Marvelettes, 1961

Recorded by The Carpenters, 1975

Oh yes, wait a minute Mister Postman
Wait Mister Postman

Please Mister Postman, look and see
(Oh yeah)
If there's a letter in your bag for me
(Please, Please Mister Postman)
Why's it takin' such a long time
(Oh yeah)
For me to hear from that boy of mine

There must be some word today
From my boyfriend so far away
Pleas Mister Postman, look and see
If there's a letter, a letter for me

I've been standin' here waitin' Mister Postman
So patiently
For just a card, or just a letter
Sayin' he's returnin' home to me

(Mister Postman)
Mister Postman, look and see
(Oh yeah)
If there's a letter in your bag for me
(Please, Please Mister Postman)
Why's it takin' such a long time
(Oh yeah)
For me to hear from that boy of mine

So many days you passed me by
See the tears standin' in my eyes
You didn't stop to make me feel better
By leavin' me a card or a letter

(Mister Postman)
Mister Postman, look and see
(Oh yeah)
If there's a letter in your bag for me
(Please, Please Mister Postman)
Why's it takin' such a long time

(Why don't you check it and see one more time for me, you gotta)
Wait a minute
Wait a minute
Wait a minute
Wait a minute
(Mister Postman)
Mister Postman, look and see

(C'mon deliver the letter, the sooner the better)
Mister Postman

"Please, Mr. Postman" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Please, Mr. Postman" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Heart to Heart clip art courtesy
of - 04/30/05

 Letters Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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